Lots of stuff to discuss today. To be honest, I actually had to cut things out to make sure this post didn’t go crazy long. Let’s get right to it.

TOP STORIES

Teams are interested in Cubs players – There have been multiple reports since Theo mentioned that everyone is available that teams have interest in Cubs players. I’ve seen rumors ranging from interest in Matt Garza (more on this tomorrow) to Carlos Marmol to Alfonso Soriano. Yes, you read that correctly, teams are kicking the tires on Alfonso. I go back and forth on my feelings about dealing guys. Obviously, if teams have interest in Soriano or Zambrano, guys that aren’t a part of the future, I see it. The question then is how far do you want to take it. I’m one that subscribes to the theory that teams like the Cubs, Red Sox, Yankees, etc should never really undergo a full fire sale type rebuild. They simply don’t need to because of the payroll they can afford to carry. They have the buffer to make up for mistakes. Teams like the Rays, Twins and Pirates don’t, which is why they try to continually get young. If you’re one that is in favor of the complete rebuild, then you have to entertain serious offers right now on Carlos Marmol and Sean Marshall. They, along with Garza, have big value to teams trying to add that final piece. Personally, I believe all three are part of the future. It’s an interesting discussion when you factor in the next note.

Cubs are reportedly interested in Albert Pujols AND Prince Fielder – Obviously not both at the same time, but there have been reports that due to the changes in the amount of spending that can be done for the amateur draft going forward as well as a small amount of sluggers on the market in the coming years, the Cubs have interest. Even last night on ESPN it was being reported that the Cubs had made preliminary contact with Pujols in an effort to negotiate. Personally, I’d rather have Fielder if we were going to get one of the two, but suddenly this story just got a whole lot more intriguing. I’ve got to wonder if this is just a play to get the Cardinals worried and cause them to overpay.

Greg Maddux waives goodbye….again – Maddux has left the building. Since the firing of Jim Hendry, I kind of wondered when Maddux would go. He took a job as special assistant to the general manager, this time in Texas. It’s the same position he held here, so this move is probably because Hendry left and the desire to be with family. I don’t blame him. In all honesty, I don’t think we’ll even notice he’s gone from a fan standpoint.

MINOR NOTES

  • Jame Quirk has signed on to be the bench coach under Dale Sveum. Quick comes over from the Astros where he served as their bullpen coach for the past two seasons.
  • Bears Offensive coordinator, Mike Martz, is interested in the ASU head coaching gig to which I say “don’t let the door hit you on the way out”. Martz has failed to adjust his “genius” offensive scheme to the personnel that he has in Chicago and continues to call curious plays at curious times (i.e. A reverse with Earl Bennett in the NFC championship game)
  • Vin Scully turned 369 years old (84) yesterday. Happy Birthday Vin. If only your one man booth didn’t bore me to sleep when the Cubs go west to LA.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

SONG OF THE DAY

Sorry to go from Outkast in my last post to Nickel Creek, but I have a wide taste in music. These guys are one of my favorites out there. I wish they would get back to touring and making music together.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail